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Why does Donald Trump think Brexit is good for the UK

(Advertising Feature) Published: 3rd April 2017 15:59

 

While the majority of the UK population are met with uncertainty with regards to what the decision to leave the European Union means for our country, there is one person who seems to have no doubts that Brexit is good for the UK – Donald Trump. The 45th president of the United States has not shied away voicing his opinions about Britain leaving the UK and has even tweeted that, “They will soon be calling me MR.BREXIT! “, claiming that he predicted the outcome of the vote prior to it being announced. So why exactly does Mr. Trump think that Brexit is such a good thing for the UK anyway?

Trade Agreements

One way in which Trump has stated that Brexit is beneficial for the UK is through his pledge in saying that he will move quickly to ensure that the USA and United Kingdom will secure a trade agreement with us. While this may seem like a supportive move on his side, it also brings people to question whether Trumps eagerness to improve trade relations is more something that he can benefit from rather than the other way around. Trump has reportedly said that despite the drop of the value of the pound since Brexit was announced the uncertainty has meant that ‘’business is unbelievable in a lot of parts in the UK’’. This suggests that Brexit, despite negatively impacting on our economy, means that trade and other economic factors such as tourism will be made far cheaper and easier for the US.

Keeping Both The EU & UK On His Side

While we have previously mentioned the fact that Trump has poured out his support for Britain in the way that they are leaving the European Union, he has also been reported saying that the divorce is something that is good for both parties. His impartiality in the matter has resulted in many people questioning the significance of his words as he is generally keen to criticise and voice his strong opinions. His praise for both sides (Britain and the European Union) hints that he is being careful not to cause strain when it comes to either in order to keep his options open when it comes to trade or international relations in the future.

The Perception Of Trump

One reason that Trump is so supportive of Brexit is also hinted to be the fact that a closer relationship with the UK, a politically respected country in many ways, could strengthen Trump’s brand appeal back home. In the run up to Theresa May’s first meeting with the President in Washington, Mr Trump said ‘’I will be meeting with Therese May- in fact if you want you can see the letter, wherever the letter is, she just sent it. She’s requesting a meeting and we’ll have a meeting right after I get into the White House… we’re gonna get something done quickly.’’ This response, while indicative of his personality, also hints at the fact that Trump is very keen to remain associated with the politics in the UK as it helps to build his legacy to some extent.

In conclusion, it does appear that there is a great deal of uncertainty when it comes to deciphering what Trump really means when he makes comments about Brexit being a good thing for the UK. Trump’s comments on the matter appear to be hinting more towards what the divorce from the EU will mean for him and his country as opposed to giving an idea of what he really feels will be beneficial to the UK. 

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